Tata Motors continues to test the Nano Diesel in and around Pune, day in and day out. Our roving eye in the sky, EarthFusion, managed to snag a couple of more images of the Nano diesel, this time clearly showing changes in the front and the rear bumper design. This bumper design could also be seen on the upcoming variants of the Nano petrol as well. Both the bumpers of the Nano now feature a honeycomb mesh design which could act as the air dam up front and allow for better cooling at the rear. Tata Motors has been working on ways to cool the Nano’s engine better and this latest move could be one such measure in this regard.
The test mule of the Nano diesel also showcases the key hole for the open-able hatch that the Nano will feature in its next iteration or facelift. So, Tata Motors definitely seems to be taking buyer feedback very seriously, as the Nano with a conventional hatchback design will definitely appeal more to buyers as that would bring this unconventional small car a step closer to convention. The positioning of the fog lamps up front also see a change with the new front bumper design. This apart, the Nano’s exhaust will also be routed differently in the future editions of the world’s least expensive car.
The Nano Diesel is expected to be launched sometime in 2013, with a twin cylinder common rail, turbo diesel engine displacing about 700cc. This engine is said to have been derived from the Tata Indica’s 1,405cc, four cylinder unit, but chopped down in ize to power the Nano. Fuel economy could be the biggest selling point of the Tata Nano, with figures in excess of 40 Kmpl, being touted for the car by folks closely associate with the Nano Diesel project. If that figure is indeed achieved, the Nano Diesel will become one of the most fuel efficient cars in the world this side of the hybrids.
The Tata Nano Diesel will also be instrumental in Tata Motors achieving break even at the Sanand factory in Gujarat, which needs to run at atleast 60% of its installed capacity of 250,000 units in order to ensure that the Nano isn’t a loss making proposition for Tata. Sales of the Nano are expected to get a boost in the coming months as Tata plans to launch a CNG-Petrol bi-fuel version of the 2012 Nano, which is expected to cost marginally more than the petrol variant, while offering the economy of a diesel engined Nano.